I have a job and half.
My part time job is at one of the bookstores in town. You may have noticed that e-readers (electronic hand held readers) are multiplying. My managers have discovered that I have knack for promoting ours. I’m not sure how that happened or why as my approach is generally a soft sell. But it is what it is.
My store is really promoting that one of the things that sets us apart is US! We will completely set up the device before you leave the store so you walk out reading. We also encourage people to ask questions. We want it to be a great purchase.
The odd thing is that I am becoming a “techie” in terms of our device. Seriously. I’ve never considered myself one in the past and I’m still getting used to this strange idea. Most technical “expertise” in my life is pure luck.
But now I am fielding technical questions. I prefer it when the customer is in person. I can see the device. But the other night an older woman called on the phone. She couldn’t get it to download the books she wanted.
Me: “Have you registered it?”
Her: “Yes, I did it on line.” (Apparently she didn’t have time earlier in the day for us to register it for her.)
Me: “Can you tell me what seems to be happening.”
Her: “It won’t move. Can’t you hear me tap, tap, tapping?”
Me: “What do you see?”
Her: “It won’t move.” I listened to the tap, tap, tap in the background.
Me: “I really want to help you, but I am kind of flying blind here. I need you to be my eyes. Can you tell me what you see?”
The problem was resolved and several books downloaded, but it got me to thinking. I really don’t like flying blind. There is a certain level of trust I had to hand to her to accurately tell me what I needed to know. I would much rather go by what I see with my own eyes.
Granted, being as this was a phone call, I wasn’t going to see anything. (Okay, so technology may even change that). But I thought about how that applies in other areas of life. Though I don’t think about it often, there is a whole spiritual arena that I don’t see. Sometimes, I might sense it to a degree, but for the most part I am relatively unaware. I am flying blind in terms of the spiritual forces in the world. Ephesians 6 encourages us to put on the full armor of God because “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (NIV) In that sense, I have to rely on God to tell me what I need to know, to duck when I need to duck, stand firm when I need to stand.
I’m flying blind. But God isn’t. He tells me what I need to know just as I need to know it so I don’t go running off ahead. It is a bit disorienting at times for one who likes to know the whole plan from the beginning, but I can rest in knowing that He sees this world and the spiritual realm. He knows the beginning and the end and everything in between. His sight far surpasses mine.
But I do need to listen and respond. How are you doing at flying blind?